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Old 12-29-2011, 04:19 AM   #1
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First saltwater tank?

I am toying with the idea of turning my 20 gal tank into a salt tank after I move my puffers into their new tank. I have never done a marine tank but I've wanted one forever, and for the past year having a brackish tank has got me even more curious. Most likely my 20 will go back to fresh once the fish get moved, but I've been thinking about having a small reef tank. I will be moving my puffers to full marine when they mature, so I figure having a little practice before then can only help.

My question is, what equipment would be necessary to make this happen? Would I need a sump? Do I need a canister or is my HOB alright?
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:19 AM   #2
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For a 20 gallon, IMO a sump isn't necessary, and you can use your current HOB filter.

If you wanted to, you could also add a protein skimmer, but I think the rule is 30 gallons and up requires one.

If you have anymore questions please don't hesitate to ask!
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Hah, great! Now I'm really tempted if I don't need all sorts of new equipment. Went to my LFS today and saw a few small salt tanks, so pretty. Besides, it would be easier to take brackish to marine than to wash the salt out of everything...
Any stocking ideas?
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Hah, great! Now I'm really tempted if I don't need all sorts of new equipment. Went to my LFS today and saw a few small salt tanks, so pretty. Besides, it would be easier to take brackish to marine than to wash the salt out of everything...
Any stocking ideas?
I would look into Clownfish, Firefish, Gobies, some Cardinalfish, and Blennies.
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I'd suggest damselfish first... Then maybe blennies or angelfish.
A 20 gal tank is a little small for a saltwater tank, if you ask me though.
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You could have a pair of firefish a goby and a small school of cardinalfish
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